Do you love Caesar salad as much as I do? I don’t even need the croutons in my salad to be happy, I think it’s all that fresh parmesan. I love how they shaved it in the picture above, doesn’t that look good? All the Caesar salad dressings at the store are made with soybean oil, though, so today I’m sharing a recipe to easily make your own homemade Caesar salad dressing. Also in this post: info on making your own homemade Worcestershire sauce without all the junk that's in store-bought…
Over a year ago, a reader named Valerie commented on the homemade Ranch dressing post, and had this to say:
Kelly, I am in LOVE with your homemade mayo recipe!! I also had several bad batches of mayo, but I’ve done yours twice (and even once by hand with a whisk) and it came out beautifully. And the ranch dressing as well. I don’t know if you have a place to share recipes but I just used the homemade mayo to make the best Caesar salad dressing!
I decided to post it and am just now digging it out of my drafts folder. (Sorry it took so long, and thank you Valerie!)
Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3 cloves garlic-crushed
- Several dashes Worcestershire sauce (see below for recipe)
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Just mix everything together! It’s best if you let it sit for a while in the fridge.
I asked her about the high fructose corn syrup and MSG in most store-bought Worcestershire sauces (forgetting that this homemade Thousand Island dressing post had good info and a recipe in the comments!), and here’s what she said:
I’ve got some original Lea and Perrins from the UK and it doesn’t contain HFCS, and claims no MSG. I know that in the UK they still make it the same way as the original over 100 yrs ago, it’s aged in wood barrels which would give that wonderful flavor that people try to imitate with MSG. But the Lea and Perrins website even admits that there are slight variations in the recipe made in the USA factory vs. the UK. I’ve also wondered about using anchovy paste, have you ever used it?
I asked my friend, Jeanne, who makes her own Worcestershire sauce and she said she just guesses at the amounts of these ingredients: vinegar, molasses, anchovy paste, onion powder, salt, garlic, chili pepper, and water to thin down if needed.
So I played with it and just used what I had on hand…
Homemade Worcestershire Sauce:
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 Tablespoon fermented soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon palm sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon molasses
- 3 shakes onion powder
- 3 shakes garlic powder
- Dash cayenne
- Sea salt to taste
Again, just mix it all together. 🙂
If you have another variation for the Caesar dressing or your own recipe for Worcestershire sauce, please share in the comments!
- Homemade Thousand Island Dressing with more info in the comments on Worcestershire and a recipe for homemade Worcestershire sauce
- Homemade Ranch Dressing (or veggie dip)
- More yummy salad recipes